Embroidered Identities 針情線韻

Ornately Decorated Textiles and Accessories of Chinese Ethnic Minorities 中國少數民族服飾與背帶

Edited by Mei-yin Lee and Dr. Florian Knothe

ISBN : 978-988-19022-6-9

Film, Media, Fine Arts Distributed for HKU Museum and Art Gallery 香港大學美術博物館

December 2013

328 pages, 9″ x 12″, color illustrations throughout

  • HK$250.00

This publication accompanies the University Museum and Art Gallery’s exhibition of traditional Chinese costumes, baby carriers and silver ornaments drawn from the collection of Mei-yin Lee. Elaborately embroidered costumes and baby carriers, most of which originate with the Miao, Dong, Shui and Zhuang ethnic tribes of the south-western Chinese provinces of Guizhou, Yunnan, and Guangxi are decorated with richly coloured, stitched and sewn ornamentations—and sometimes silver applications—indigenous to the particular culture and long-lived traditions they derive from. As some ethnic minorities lack a written script, the symbolism and colour-coding found in their textiles form a visual language that presents an important cultural and anthropological development and heritage still in practice today.